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The Round Up: November

Los Angeles

Alexander Calder Exhibit at Hauser & Wirth

Opening night: October 27; runs through January 6

Swing by this Hauser & Wirth exhibit, dedicated to the pioneering artist Alexander Calder. Works will fill the South Gallery, central open-air courtyard, and planted garden with thirty stabiles, mobiles, and standing mobiles. After taking in the art, stop by Manuela. The on-site restaurant rotates its menu seasonally — pulling much of its ingredients from the garden and chicken coop located right on Hauser & Wirth’s grounds.

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Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

November 17–January 5

If you have children, or just a penchant for beautifully illuminated outdoor spaces, then you won’t want to miss Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens. Large-scale displays—some interactive—take over some of the most iconic areas of the park for a one-mile walk that’s truly mesmerizing. Fun for all ages; selfie sticks allowed.

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Santa Barbara

Surf Film Festival

November 8–9

Of course, we had to bring this one to your attention. State & Cabrillo Productions is hosting the first-ever Surf Film Festival at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theater. The film screening lineup includes: Bunker77, Endless Summer, Lost in Thought, Two if by Sea, and several others. Visit their website for more details on additional exhibits, Q&A’s, and festival parties— and to score tickets.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at The Biltmore Four Seasons

November 28

Don’t feel like cooking this year? We can hardly blame you. Avoid all the trappings of hosting and instead enjoy the holiday stress-free, overlooking the Pacific, and filling your plate to the brim with chef-made holiday fare. The annual Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet takes place at the Bella Vista Restaurant, one of Santa Barbara’s most breathtaking al fresco settings.

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San Francisco


November 8–9

SF is adjacent to Cab Country (aka Napa), so if you love a good full-bodied red, then this festival was made for you. At CABFest’s Grand Tasting, wine enthusiasts get all-inclusive pours of Cab Franc, Cab blends, and full Cabernet Sauvignons. If you’d like to take the experience a step further, attend one of the exclusive dinners where renowned chefs create tasting menus accompanied by wine pairings from a particular vintner. More details on the dinners here.

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Lake Tahoe / Truckee

Open Ski Season at Heavenly 

November 16 (Heavenly) & 21 (Kirkwood) 

The first fresh powder dump might not have hit quite yet, but Heavenly has you, and the mountain, covered thanks to superior man-made snow machines. As of now, Heavenly has a tentative opening date of Friday, November 16 and Kirkwood aims to get their lifts running by Wednesday, November 21. Tips up.

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Your Tahoe Ski Shuttle Awaits 

Make this winter’s ski season the best one ever. The Tahoe Ski Season Membership is designed for groups planning on frequent travel between The Bay and Lake Tahoe this winter to enjoy the ski season. What makes this new membership unique is, for the first time ever, we’re adding a dedicated plane to our schedule exclusively for Tahoe Ski Season Members. Learn more.


Napa Valley Film Festival 

November 13 – 17

Cinephiles, sommeliers, and fine-dining fanatics unite! Napa Valley Film Festival offers an outstanding experience from big screen-to-table. Immerse yourself in lively conversations with the artists at one of the Panels + Conversations events, or explore food and wine from over 50 wineries and restaurants in the Napa Valley at the Festival Gala. Either way, prepare yourself for a weekend that is sure to stimulate the senses.

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Las Vegas

SEMA Show 2019, Las Vegas 

November 5 – 8

Start your engines and race over to the SEMA Show, ladies & gentleman! As the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, the show draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place. Set at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the SEMA Show provides attendees with seminars, demonstrations, special events and beyond.

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